Archive of films When the War Comes / Až přijde válka
Czech Republic / Croatia
2018, 76 min
Section: Czech Films 2017–2018
“We’ll become legends of our time,” states one of the members of the Slovak Recruits paramilitary group, which puts young people through inhumane drills and aims to “defend and preserve the nation”. Jan Gebert’s documentary, screened at the Berlinale, observes a youngster with authoritarian inclinations, part of a growing nationalism in unexpected age groups.
“I guess I’m dominant. I like giving orders,” says student Petr at his graduation exam, giving a timid smile as he compares himself to a literary character. The reality is nevertheless somewhat different. Teenager Petr heads the Slovak Recruits paramilitary group, which endeavours to “defend and preserve the nation”. He trains other young men out in the forest but, in Jan Gebert’s documentary, this “playing at soldiers” is chilling and more reminiscent of a humiliating drill. Petr’s ambitions, however, go beyond disciplining his contemporaries. The desire of irate young men to take things firmly into their own hands helps to illustrate a social atmosphere in which success comes to leaders who inveigh against artificially created enemies – under the pretext of protecting traditional values. The film was screened in the Panorama section at this year’s Berlinale.
About the director
Jan Gebert (b. 1981, Prague). Filmography: Stone Games (2012, medium-length doc.), Auction (2013, short doc.), When the War Comes (2018, doc.)
About the film
|Section:||Czech Films 2017–2018|
|Dir. of Photography:||Lukáš Milota|
|Coproduction:||HBO Europe, Hulahop|
Film Director, Producer
Director of Photography